Mid-State Fair

5 can’t-miss concerts at the California Mid-State Fair

Tickets are still available for five of the hottest concerts at this year’s California Mid-State Fair.
Tickets are still available for five of the hottest concerts at this year’s California Mid-State Fair. Courtesy photos

Couldn’t snag tickets to Blake Shelton’s sold-out show at the California Mid-State Fair?

Don’t worry. You still have a chance to see this summer’s hottest acts.

Here are five fantastic concerts coming to the Paso Robles Event Center.


7:30 p.m. Friday ($36 to $81)

Fresh off the release of her steamy “M. I. L. F. $” music video, Fergie is returning to Paso Robles for a truly “Fergalicious” concert.

The female vocalist for hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie has found fame as a solo artist with a string of chart-topping songs including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Glamorous” and “London Bridge.” The Grammy Award winner is set to release her second solo album in 10 years, “Double Dutchess.”

Tim McGraw

7:30 p.m. Sunday ($51 to $101)

Country megastar Tim McGraw is sitting on “Top of the World” with the release of his new album, “Damn Country Music,” in November.

The three-time Grammy winner, who’s married to country singer Faith Hill, has added even more hit songs to a repertoire that includes “Don’t Take the Girl,” “Something Like That” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”

Up-and-coming country singer Brooke Eden will open the show.

Hollywood Vampires

7:30 p.m. Monday ($36 to $81)

Pay tribute to the hard-partying rockers of yesteryear with a supergroup whose members include Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp.

Hollywood Vampires arrives on the Central Coast shortly after the return of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, who was hospitalized July 10 after collapsing onstage during a Hollywood Vampires concert. The band will treat fairgoers to tracks from its self-titled debut album, released in September, including covers of “My Generation,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Another Brick in the Wall.”

Duran Duran

7:30 p.m. July 27 ($41 to $116)

Craving some nostalgic synth pop?

Don’t miss this concert by English New Wave band Duran Duran, the Grammy winning group that dominated the airwaves in the 1980s with hit songs “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Rio” and “Girls on Film.” The band released its first album in five years, “Paper Gods,” in September.

Duran Duran is touring with the dynamic disco band behind “Le Freak,” Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.

Brian Wilson

7 p.m. July 29 ($31 to $61)

You’ll “Smile” when you settle in for “An Evening of Music and Wine” with the cofounder, co-lead singer and chief songwriter of legendary rock band The Beach Boys.

Brian Wilson is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ revolutionary “Pet Sounds” album, featuring the songs “God Only Knows,” “Sloop John B” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”

The two-time Grammy winner will be joined by two former Beach Boys bandmates, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.

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The California Mid-State Fair, which kicked off Wednesday, runs through July 31 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles. For more information, call 1-800-909-FAIR (3247) or visit www.midstatefair.com.

California Mid-State Fair

Noon to midnight daily, through July 31

Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles

$6 to $10 daily admission, $20 to $50 season passes

1-800-909-FAIR (3247) or www.midstatefair.com

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